Family-Friendly Resort with Spacious Beachfront Villas
For decades, the 30 miles of white sand along the Atlantic Beach shoreline has allured visitors who have staked it out for its peacefulness. Sand crabs have dug the idyllic setting for ages, too, basking under the fine powdery shore. Kids dig for the tiny crustaceans as their families lounge under turquoise umbrellas or fly colorful kites nearby. A smooth, wooden boardwalk surrounded by sea grass and wild flowers leads directly to this beach from the Peppertree Atlantic Beach. Awash in activity, the welcoming property adds to the tranquil, family-friendly environment with its lily-pad koi ponds, knotted-wood gazebos, and colorful playground.
The Atlantic Beach region remains untouched by high-rise buildings and bustling crowds, and the Peppertree Atlantic Beach resort embraces this private culture and its nautical nature in its homey villa accommodations. A lamp stand decorated with a vignette of lighthouses flanks a king- or queen-size bed, and a ceiling fan overhead offers high-speed primitive haircuts. Across from a fully equipped kitchen, cushy seats slipcovered in geometric prints center on the living-room TV. In the two-bedroom villa, a six-seat dining table looks out to a wraparound porch. White-paneled walls surround a king-size bed in the carpeted master bedrooms, and a pair of framed sailboat prints hang atop two twin beds in the guest suite. By day, there's plenty of ways to keep active or just relax on the property. After guests volley at the on-site tennis courts, a sprawling sun deck awaits, garnished with white lounge chairs and encircling a seasonal outdoor pool. An indoor swimming complex accommodates swan dives during cooler weather.
Atlantic Beach: Peaceful Beach Oasis in a Historical Resort Town
Located 3 miles from the hotel on the eastern end of Bogue Banks, Fort Macon State Park is awash in historical monuments and ecological diversity. A Civil War fort stands sentinel among hundreds of acres of forest, dunes, and beach. The lives of 19th-century soldiers are put on display in the museum room, which comes adorned with the fort's powder magazines, original cannons, and restored living quarters. Surrounded on three sides by water, Fort Macon State Park welcomes exploration of its salt marshes and estuaries, fishing in surf and inlet waters, or hiking on its 1.5 miles of ocean beach populated by more than 300 bird species.
A 306,000-gallon living shipwreck, a roaring mountain waterfall, and a jellyfish gallery round out the exhibits at the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, anchored approximately 4 miles west of Peppertree, showing the intricacies of aquatic life from the mountains to the sea to the president's saltwater bathtub. Touch pools encourage interaction between guests and the inhabitants, including stingrays, hermit crabs, and whelks.